By Andrew Downie
a gorgeous new biography of Socrates, the enduring captain of the best Brazil aspect by no means to win the realm Cup.
Socrates used to be constantly targeted. A highly talented athlete who graduated in medicine yet drank and smoked to excess. The attacking midfielder stood out - and never simply because of his 6'4" body. enthusiasts have been enthralled by means of his inch-perfect passes, his coolness in entrance of aim and his again heel, the trademark movement that singled him out because the most unusual footballer of his generation.
Off the pitch, he used to be simply as unique, with a commitment to politics and social motives that no participant has ever emulated. His largest impression got here as chief of Corinthians Democracy - a flow that gave every body from the kitman to the president an equivalent say within the operating of the membership. At a time while Brazil used to be governed by way of an army dictatorship, it was once actually revolutionary.
Passionate and principled, wonderful and erudite, Socrates was once as contradictory as he used to be advanced. He used to be a socialist who voted for a go back of Brazil's monarchy, a fiercely self sustaining person who was once the last word crew participant, and a romantic who married 4 occasions and fathered six children.
Armed with Socrates' unpublished memoir and hours of newly came across interviews, Andrew Downie has prepare the main finished and compelling account of this iconic determine. in response to conversations with family, shut pals and previous team-mates, this can be a marvelous biography of a guy who consistently stood up for what he believed in, regardless of the cost.
'Brilliantly written and researched. outstanding life.' Alex Bellos, writer of Futebol: The Brazilian approach of Life
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